A federal judge ruled today that all Texans qualify to vote by mail as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, which The Texas Tribune wrote, "opened a path for a massive expansion in absentee voting in Texas." The order is part of an ongoing legal battle.

From the Tribune:


"In a lengthy order, opened by quoting the preamble to the Declaration of Independence, [Judge Fred] Biery said he had concerns for the health and safety of voters and stated the right to vote 'should not be elusively based on the whims of nature.'"

In a poll over the weekend, 85% of Austonia readers said that voting by mail should be allowed in 2020.

(Poli Pix Co. LLC/Shutterstock)

As widespread protests against police violence continue in Austin and around the country, local activist groups are pushing for what they've wanted for years but didn't feel they could successfully demand: defunding the Austin Police Department. And people seem to be paying attention.

Keep Reading Show less

About 20% of classes at the University of Texas at Austin will be taught exclusively online this fall, The Texas Tribune reports, and in-person classes will be limited to 40% of classroom capacity.

Keep Reading Show less
(Charlie L. Harper III)

There are two suspected cases of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children—a rare but serious condition believed to be associated with COVID-19—in Travis County, Austin Public Health Chief Epidemiologist Janet Pichette said during a virtual press conference earlier today.

Keep Reading Show less